Hotspot 2.0

Updated: August 27, 2013

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1

Hotspot 2.0 is a standard for seamless authentication to hotspots. Hotspot 2.0 offers an encrypted connection between the client and the access point. It uses IEEE 802.11u to communicate with the provider before it establishes a connection. Authentication and encryption are provided by using WPA2-Enterprise together with one of several EAP methods.

Windows® does not support the discovery or online sign-up portions of Hotspot 2.0, but it does support WPA2-Enterprise and all EAP methods that are required by the Hotspot 2.0 specification. Therefore, Windows 8 can connect to a Hotspot 2.0 network when the user already has credentials.

The following table describes common credential types that are defined by Hotspot 2.0:

 

Credential EAP method EAP method supported User can enter credentials Operator can provision credentials

Username and password

EAP-TTLS

Yes

Yes

No

Certificate

EAP-TTLS

Yes

Yes*

No

SIM

EAP-SIM or EAP-AKA

Yes

Yes*

Yes

*User can select from certificates or the SIM is already present on the system.

Because Windows does not support 802.11u discovery, operators must provision Windows with wireless profiles that contain the applicable SSIDs for their networks.

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